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Congratulations to the MWA Contest Novel Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the annual MWA writing contest in our novel category!

This year our esteemed judge for the novel entries was Poupeh Missaghi, an Editor-at-Large at Asymptote. She is currently a PhD candidate at University of Denver’s Creative Writing program, Fiction. She holds a master’s in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s in Translation Studies from Azad University of Tehran, Iran. Her work has appeared in The Feminist Wire, World Literature Today, Guernica, The Quarterly Conversation, The Barcelona Review, Short Fiction Magazine, The Baltimore Review, and elsewhere. We'd like to thank Poupeh for selecting our top three entries in the novel category. 

First Place: Three Skips of a Stone by Wendy Eckel 

Of this entry Poupeh said, "The narrative beautifully and painfully depicts the hardships of being forced to grow up earlier than one wishes to or is ready for as a result of circumstances beyond one’s control."

Second Place: Life, Liberty, and Inequality by David Connell

Of this entry Poupeh said, "The work captures various complicated layers of life as a black family, especially its young men and women, facing all kinds of racism in a historical moment of a nation. [It] succeeds to create characters we want to know more about in their different surroundings and roles." 

Third Place: Lola in Paradise by Barbara Mujica

Of this entry Poupeh said, "The work delves into issues of identity, capturing the hardships one faces finding the self and redefining it in different moments of life. As Lola faces various challenges in different historical moments and social surroundings, the narrative moves forth with an energy that engages us and makes us want to accompany her to learn more of her life as an individual and as part of her larger circles."

Congratultions writers! And thank you for submitting your work to the Maryland Writers' Association! It was an honor to read every submission and see the talented work our colleagues are creating.


Holly Morse-Ellington, Vice President